Delhi Class 7 Student Hangs Herself, Writes Teacher’s Name On Palm


Class 7 student hanged herself at her home in West Delhi.

New Delhi: 

A Class 7 student allegedly committed suicide in West Delhi on Saturday, when her mother was away at work. She had scribbled her teacher’s name on her hands and a note that she did not want to go to school anymore.

“Lord Krishna, I am coming,” said one message on her palm. In another, she wrote for her mother: “I love you”.

A suicide note has also been found, the police said.

The 12 year-old girl was found hanging from the ceiling fan at her home.

“On her palms and hands she wrote that she did not want to go to school any more. She apologised to her mother and grandmother and said she was going to meet Lord Krishna,” senior police officer Madhup Tiwari told news agency IANS.

The girl’s mother, a lawyer, last saw her alive when she was leaving for the Tis Hazari Court. She said the girl had refused to go to school.

When she returned at 4 PM, she found her daughter’s body.

“My daughter complained that the teacher scolded her every day. The same teacher rebuked and humiliated her on Friday for 10 minutes in the biology lab. She cried in the school bathroom after the episode,” her mother told news agency IANS.

“She had been insisting that I change her school but I did not know how serious the situation was. I would never imagine she would commit suicide,” the mother said, sobbing.

The school management said in a statement said it was fully cooperating with the police and was also carrying out an internal inquiry.

“As of now we are not at liberty to disclose any details which may jeopardise the police investigation of the case,” the statement said.

The police are waiting for the girl’s autopsy report and say they are speaking to her classmates.

(With inputs from ANI, IANS)

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Karupatti Or Palm Jaggery – Tamil Nadus Alternative To Sugar


Highlights

  • The health benefits of karupatti are manifold
  • It’s high in vitamin B, iron and calcium. A great source of energy
  • The presence of iron makes it a great antidote for anaemia

For many people in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore doesn’t quite enjoy the same hallowed reputation as Madurai when it comes to culinary credentials. A series of restaurant discoveries staged by Coimbatore’s new Ibis City Centre hotel on a recent trip, changed that perception for me somewhat. One of my stops was Anandhas, a quintessential South Indian vegetarian chain where the culinary team doesn’t just stick to a template. A jackfruit kesari and a coriander Pongal were among the innovations that showcased the creativity of this team. But above all it was Anandhas’ take on the iconic South Indian sweet – Mysore pak, that wowed me.

(Also Read: 15 Jaggery Benefits: Ever Wondered Why Our Elders End a Meal with Gur?)

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The health benefits of karupatti are manifold

Of all the Bengali sweets that I love (that list is quite long), nothing quite compares to the nolin gur sondesh. I timed my last trip to Kolkata to coincide with the Nolin gur season. I’ve often wondered why sweet shops in Tamil Nadu have shied away from incorporating a healthy sugar alternative like karupatti (or palm jaggery) in traditional sweets, the same way a nolin gur is used in sondesh. It’s why the karupatti Mysore pak at Anandhas stood out. It’s the same melt-in-your-mouth Mysore Pak except this one uses palm jaggery instead of sugar. It’s also not cloyingly sweet like the traditional Mysore pak. 

Unofficial estimates suggest that the Southern districts of Ramanathapuram, Tuticorin and Tirunelveli are home to more than 50% of Tamil Nadu’s palm trees. The state’s Palm Products Development Board pegs the number of palm trees in Tamil Nadu at over 50 million. These districts employ thousands of workers in the palm sugar trade. A tradition that hasn’t changed for decades. The process is quite similar to how nolen gur is made. An earthen pot is placed under a palm sapling that is skilfully scythed. The sap that oozes from the sapling is collected in these pots. The pots are coated with slaked lime to ensure that the sap does not ferment. Most of this activity takes place between January and May.

This unfermented juice is a great summer drink; locals call it padaneer. In smaller towns in Southern Tamil Nadu, it’s not uncommon to see this drink served on palm leaves that are expertly folded into mugs. In the early 1980s, the State Palm Products Development Board bottled this drink and promoted it as ‘Palm Cola’. Superstar Rajnikanth featured in a commercial (one of the only commercials he’s ever been part of) to endorse this drink. This blurry video has recently been unearthed by his loyal fan base. The fermented version of this extract is toddy.

(Also Read: What is Palm Sugar? Is it Really Good for You?)

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Karupatti is a great source of energy

The unfermented juice is filtered and then boiled till it bubbles in iron vats. Once it’s cooled, it is poured into moulds – most farms use coconut shells for the moulds. Once it is ‘set’ in these moulds, the karupatti or karuppu (black) patti is ready for consumption. My maternal great grandmother was a big believer in the health benefits of karupatti. I was told that she used it as a sugar substitute in her filter coffee. A few years ago, I worked with a renowned Chennai dietician to present healthy daily alternatives as part of a program organised for a leading organic store in the city. One of the many suggestions we proposed was palm sugar as a sweetener for coffee. I’ve taken my great grandmother’s cue and it certainly doesn’t alter the flavour of my strong morning tumbler of karupatti filter coffee.

The health benefits of karupatti are manifold. It’s high in vitamin B, iron and calcium. A great source of energy and the presence of iron makes it a great antidote for anaemia. It also has a much lower glycaemic index (varying estimates between 35-40) compared to white sugar (60-70). It’s still however a concentrated form of sugar and it’s best for diabetics to check with their doctors on portion sizes. Karupatti is now available across online and offline platforms but unfortunately some artificial versions have also started to surface. The original karupatti is usually harder, doesn’t dissolve instantly, is dull (not overly polished) and also features colour inconsistencies. Aside from the sugar in your coffee, you can also substitute jaggery with palm jaggery. Here’s a recipe for a summer cooler (that we published earlier) – panagam that tastes as good with palm jaggery

                                                                    Panagam (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  •   Karupatti or jaggery – 150 gms
  •  Water – 600 ml (three glasses)
  • Juice of three lemons (medium size)
  •  Dry ginger powder –  teaspoon (can be substituted with crushed ginger)
  •  A pinch of cooking camphor (optional)

Method:

  1. Soak jaggery in the water till it melts completely.
  2.  Filter the water to remove any particles.
  3.  Add the lemon juice.
  4.  Add the powders and stir well.
  5.  Although it is refreshing at room temperature, it tastes even better chilled.

(Also Read: How to Control your Sugar Intake? 5 Ways to Cut Down on your Treats!)

So make this recipe and enjoy the flavours of the same.



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Palm Phone With 3.3-Inch Display, 800mAh Battery, Android 8.1 Oreo Leaked


Images of a new Palm smartphone have surfaced on the Internet. After the announcement of Pre 3 seven years ago, a new handset is reportedly on the way to the smartphone market. According to a leak, the Palm phone is an Android handset with a small form factor. Not only does the smartphone have a small display, it also has a small battery. While there is no information on the global availability of the new Palm phone, it is expected to launch in the US. To recall, the Palm brand has had a rollercoaster of a journey from its days as the leading name in smartphones. It was acquired by HP in April 2010, but the webOS division was shut down in 2011. Two years later, LG bought the webOS technology from HP and then in 2015, TCL purchased all Palm trademarks.

As per an Android Police report, the new Palm phone will sport a 3.3-inch display with 720p resolution. The report says that the smartphone is currently codenamed Pepito, and it will be one of the smallest smartphones in the market. Due to its size, the phone will also be fuelled by a small 800mAh battery. Under the hood, the Android Police report claims that the smartphone will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of inbuilt storage. The report says that the smartphone will initially be released exclusively via Verizon in the US.

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The report also managed to leak an image of the upcoming Palm phone. The new leak also reaffirms earlier reports from Android Police itself that said that a handset with model number PVG100 by Palm Venture Group had received a certification from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). A couple of months ago, the smartphone also passed through the Wi-Fi Alliance certification programme. According to the reports, the Android 8.1 Oreo smartphone comes with WiFi 2.4GHz and quad-band LTE support.

The Palm phone does not have a headphone jack and it will reportedly be available in Gold and Titanium colour variants. The report, however, does not reveal the launch date of the handset.



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